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Private F H Benge


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Private Frederick Henry BENGE, G/9420, 2nd  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 13th April 1916.

Born Streatham, Surrey, son of James Benge, 31 Stanton Square, Lower Sydenham, Surrey.

23rd February 1890, Lambeth, Immanuel, Streatham Common, baptism of Frederick Henry Benge, & Alice Winifred Benge, son & daughter of James (labourer) & Marian Benge, 34 Leverson Street.


Enlisted Camberwell, age 26.  Resided 22 High Street, Peckham, SE.Formerly labourer.

8th May 1915, enlisted into 17th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifles, G/3129; 1st July 1915, appointed Lance Corporal;  7th August 1915, declared deserter.


Enlisted Croydon, Surrey, age 26, height 5ft 6¼ inches, weight 139lbs.  Resided 22 High Street, Peckham, SE. Formerly labourer.

Home 10th August 1915 to 9th December 1915; Indian Expeditionary Force, 10th December 1915 to 13th April 1916.

10th August 1915, enlisted; 12th August 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th August 1915, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th September 1915, Shoreham by Sea, overstaying his pass from 12.00 midnight to 10.00am on 27th September, admonished, forfeits 1 days pay; 10th December 1915, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th December 1915, Keynsham Dockyard, embarked per H T Kingsfaun Castle; 8th January 1916, Ashar, disembarked.


18th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, James Benge, 37 Stanton Square, Lower Sydenham, Surrey; Brothers - Thomas Benge, age 33, 85 Porthouse? Road; Henry Benge, age 22, 37 Stanton Square; John Benge, age 21, 37 Stanton Square; Sisters - Marion Benge, age 42, 6 Gibbler? Road; Alice Woods, age 29, 33 Stanton Square.

13th February 1920, Records Office memo - Frederick Henry Benge, 22 High Street, Peckham, SE attested 10th August 1915 for Royal West Kent Regiment, & was allotted Regimental No. G/9420, Royal West Kent Regiment, he did not acknowledge any previous Naval or Military Service on enlistment. Pre Benge was killed in action 13-4.16 in Mesopotamia. Informed by next of Kin that he had previously served.


Commemorated at Basra Memorial, Panel 29, Iraq.


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